Avoid the Resume “Black Hole” Trap
by Georgia Adamson - Jan, 2012
If your resume looks as if it could have come from 20 years ago or it just hasn’t been put together carefully–with good attention to what your targeted employers are probably looking for–it most likely will end up in the resume “black hole” trap. The same goes for submitting it to employers without doing any research beforehand to see if your background makes sense for the company. Yet another black hole mistake is distributin...
Resume Writing Terms
by Jason Stauffacher - Jan, 2012
Having a well-written resume is vital in any job market. It can make the difference between getting an interview or not. With so much competition for openings, you need a resume that sets you apart from the other candidates. Below are some terms that can help you achieve that goal. Reverse Chronological Resume – Outlines a person’s job history, starting from the current or latest position and working backwards. The flaw in...
In Resumes, Life, and Death Sometimes Less is More
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2012
I just finished reading an article about a growing trend in some college admissions offices requesting that applicants answer a supplemental essay question as part of the standard admissions process…and do it in just 20 to 25 words or less. Perhaps colleges are forging this new direction to appeal to a generation that grew up with status updates, texts, and microblogging or maybe admissions counselors see it as a way to cut do...
Write Your Resume to the Future, Not the Past
by Linda Dobogai - Jan, 2012
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in composing your resume is to let your past drive the focus of the content. While a resume covers what we have done, proper perspective in using this information is key. Let your career goal, as it relates to the future you want, guide what you choose to include. You can help employers see you as a qualified candidate if you can clearly show them the relevance of your background to the...
Hiring in December
by Jason Stauffacher - Dec, 2011
There seem to be a lot of strange ideas that because of the recession, companies will not be hiring this holiday season. You may hear some job seekers mumbling that "hiring will be worse this December". You know what? That is complete bunk... It isn't true! Most individuals in the employment field : Recruiters, hiring managers, HR personnel, are totally aware that this December is not going to be any different than...
Should you create an infographic resume?
by Miriam Salpeter - Dec, 2011
When you are looking for a job, it’s important to demonstrate what makes you unique. How (and why) are you different from every other, similarly qualified job seeker? How to best present your credentials (via a resume, online profile, or your personal website) is a hot topic in the career world. Options for Standing Out Recently, several sites have come on the scene to help job seekers create infographic resumes. These...
Create an Authentic and Ethical Resume to Win the Job
by Barbara Safani - Dec, 2011
A resume is a marketing tool and I encourage job seekers to position their accomplishments in the best possible light. However, it is critical that all information reported on the document is accurate and something you can back up with facts if questioned. Here are some of the ways I see job candidates crossing the line of ethical resume writing practices and some suggestions for creating a more authentic presentation of your...
Résumé Help - Executive Retail Sales Manager
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2011
The candidate we are helping today is an executive sales manager with retail experience as well as experience in the mortgage industry. He has some notable accomplishments, but his résumé does not convey these in a way that highlights his strengths. Todd should have a headline, a summary statement, and a core competency section to build up his key areas of expertise and let readers know his value as a prospective manager....
Résumé Help - Media Account Manager
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2011
Matthew is an accomplished account manager, but we would not know this by reading his résumé. His résumé is similar to many candidates early in their career who have not crafted a new résumé since college graduation. Many times a candidate will simply add on experience without a holistic view of their résumé and current career goal. An early sign of this are the words “Permanent Address” in the contact section. As we re...
Are Resumes Dead?
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2011
Occasionally I read something by a recognized expert on employment issues or job search techniques, suggesting—or plainly stating—that resumes are dead and job seekers shouldn’t bother using a resume to secure their next position. If you’re sitting there staring at your shiny new resume, especially if you’ve just paid a professional to create it, you might be wondering whether you’ve wasted your time and hard-earned money. Tak...
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